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zsh - fully expand binary path on <tab>

In my current zsh behaviour, hitting tab after typing "sudo" just adds a space. $ sudo ... What I really want is for the tab to fully expand to the path of the binary it is about to execute when I ...
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How to enable reverse search in zsh?

I recently switched to zsh (finally) and am loving it! So far one thing that I am missing is Ctrl+R to do incremental history search. I have the history set up properly HISTSIZE=10000 SAVEHIST=10000 ...
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What is the main problem someone migrating from bash to zsh should face?

A few times I have had problems in bash that other using zsh didn't have and they were gloating about how smart they are. Also I have seen zsh users among people that I admire, and I have tried a ...
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How to properly collect an array of lines in zsh

I thought the following would group the output of my_command in an array of lines: IFS='\n' array_of_lines=$(my_command); so that $array_of_lines[1] would refer to the first line in the output of ...
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zsh autocomplete directory

I'm new to zsh and one thing that I do quite often is execute shell scripts that are in a directory of mine called Scripts. I'm not always inside of the Scripts directory, however... I may be in $...
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List elements with spaces in zsh

I've been studying zsh scripting for all of 2 hours at this point and I've hit a wall. I want to go through a list of files that may have spaces in them. I'm open to completely different approaches ...
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Screen status bar to display current directory for zsh/bash shell

I use GNU screen a lot with zsh as my shell. It would be a nice feature (I think) to be able to display the current directory name (not the full path) as the tab title. I can do that with CTRL+A ...
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After installing oh-my-zsh: … /.zshrc:source:34: no such file or directory … /.oh-my-zsh/oh-my-zsh.sh

I just tried to install oh-my-zsh. I get the following error when I try to run rvm: zsh: command not found: rvm I also get the following error when I try to open a new tab: /Users/jack/.zshrc:...
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How to access user's fpath as opposed to system's fpath with a script?

test.zsh: #!/usr/bin/env zsh for f in ${fpath}; do echo ${f} done outputs: /usr/...
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How do I reverse a for loop?

How do I properly do a for loop in reverse order? for f in /var/logs/foo*.log; do bar "$f" done I need a solution that doesn't break for funky characters in the file names.
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Zsh autocomplete ls command with directories only

Suppose I have following files and directories: % ls bui00293 buiawer builds/ buiowpe/ I want to list the content of ...
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ZSH: Recursive globbing with .directories

I thought the glob pattern: **/(*|.*) would represent every folder and file starting with dot (.) or not, but it skips directories in the current directory that start with .. What is the glob ...
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Executables show with character * next to their name in output of ls

I noticed that when I list my executables with ls on my Z shell they show up with a character * next to their name (e.g. see the file in red .test_color_scheme)     What is causing this?...
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How to silently get an empty string from a glob pattern with no matches

Say I have a folder with three files: foo1 foo2 bar 1. If I run list_of_files=$(print foo*) echo $list_of_files I get: foo1 foo2 2. If I run list_of_files=$(print bar*) echo $list_of_files ...
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Pipe zsh auto completion list to file or less

zsh: do you wish to see all 923 possibilities (462 lines)? Yes please, but in a file or less.
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Generate a list of files from a file containing a series of globbing patterns

I am looking for a way to build a list of files by parsing a file that contains a sequence of zsh globbing patterns. The final goal is to pass this list of files to hg add in mercurial. For those ...
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What is word splitting? Why is it important in shell programming?

I'm getting confused about the role word splitting plays in zsh. I have not been exposed to this concept when programming in C, Python or MATLAB, and this has triggered my interest of why word ...
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Changing the default shell without chsh or administrator priviledges

I saw the following snippet in this thread: How to change from csh to bash as default shell sleep 2 if (-x /usr/local/bin/bash) then exec /bin/sh -c '. ~/.profile; exec /usr/local/bin/bash' endif ...
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FPATH in zsh: functions and site-functions

I noticed I have the following line near the beginning of my .zshrc file: export FPATH=/usr/share/zsh/site-functions:/usr/share/zsh/4.2.6/functions:$FPATH I can't remember if I typed this myself ...
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Renaming files in lexicographical order with a numerical pattern that increases sequentially with fixed padding

I have files such as a bb ccc abc emrls I would like to rename them so that, after sorting them (for example, lexicographically), each file gets the following name: 00001 00002 00003 etc where ...
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Auto correct path when running a command from history?

I perform a recursive search to find a command I executed few days back and I want to run it. However that command should run from the path from where I ran it previously from and not where I ...
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Pasting from clipboard to vi-enabled zsh or bash shell

I'd like to be able to paste from the system clipboard (or text selection) into my "vi-like" shell prompt using the keyboard. I normally use zsh and sometimes bash. In both cases, I have the shell set ...
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If ^a^b replaces “a” once in the last command, what do I use to replace all occurrences of “a”?

In bash, if I run this command: echo aaaaaaa I get aaaaaaa (duh) But then if I type in ^a^b I end up with baaaaaa What would I type to end up with bbbbbbb ?
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What does : ${param:=value} mean?

I read the following in A User's Guide to the Z-Shell: A synonym for ‘true’ is ‘:’; it’s often used in this form to give arguments which have side effects but which shouldn’t be used — ...
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256 colour prompt in Zsh

How can I set my prompt to be colourized in 256 colours? I am looking for an equivalent to the bash prompt: local DEFAULT="\[\033[0;39m\]" local ROOK="\[\033[38;5;24m\]" PS1="${ROOK}\$${...
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Difference between alias in zsh and alias in bash

I have searched around but could not find anything conclusive. Is there a difference between the alias command in zsh and the alias command in bash? If not, does it mean I can share a set of aliases ...
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Multidigit ranges of files in lexicographical order in zsh

I would like to specify a range of files (in lexicographical order) with two integers (e.g. 2 to 57) in zsh by globbing. For example: "pick the files 2 to 57 in lexicographical order under the path ...
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Delete zsh auto completion suggestion

When I use tab-completion in zsh, the shell suggests me files and I discover that I'm in the wrong directory. How can I just delete the suggestion instead of backspace'ing it?
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Globbing with brackets and variables in zsh

I wrote the following snippet to delete several subdirectories selectively from a common ancestor. It doesn't work, but I can't tell why. for x in *; do rm -r "$x/foo/bar/{a*,b,c,d,g*}"; done I ...
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How to cd into the named directory if command not found?

When I type something which is neither a zsh builtin and no such executable is found from $PATH, zsh just reports an error. Instead, I would like zsh to check if a named directory exists with that ...
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Avoiding “BASH-isms” in shell scripts

Does there exist a tool similar to Perl::Critic that will inspect your shell scripts and point out flaws, portability issues, uses of non-standard programs without fallbacks, depreciated program uses, ...
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SSH “command not found” for Zsh

Im using Zsh on the client and server. When I use ssh to run a command on the remote server it can not find the binary: ssh gt "cd /home/****/app/staging && bundle exec rake db:migrate ...
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Why doesn't the following work?: while true; do “$my_command”; sleep 1; done

Following up on the top answer to this question, I thought I could: 1) Define a command: cmd='for x in $(my_command | grep keyword | cut -d" " -f1); do command2 "arguments" $x; done' 2) Run it ...
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Wrapping a command that includes single and double quotes for another command

I recently learned about watch, but am having trouble making it work with relatively sophisticated commands. For example, I would like to ask watch to run the following command on zsh every three ...
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Concatenating columns horizontally. Printing only rows that intersect on 1st column

Say I have two different commands that output contents by columns, e.g.: $ command_1 7049857 abc fdg hsi 5409858 xxx fyy hsi 540958 abc zzz hsi 54230956 rbc sss hsi $ command_2 7049857 0 fdg ...
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Read first line of a command's output. Command connects me to a remote terminal

Part 1 Say I have a command my_command that outputs multiple lines. I would like to capture the first line of my_command's output as soon as it's ready in a script, while keeping my_command running....
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History-search in zsh working only for commands?

Say I have the following entries in my command history: less documents/doc1.txt less documents/doc2.txt less files/file1.txt less files/file2.txt ls pwd and that I have the following keyboard ...
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For loops in zsh and bash

I have noticed there are two alternative ways of building loops in zsh: for x (1 2 3); do echo $x; done for x in 1 2 3; do echo $x; done They both print: 1 2 3 My question is, why the two ...
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How to change the interpret of a variable in `zsh`?

I set a variable TEMPP='-I ../dir1 -I ../dir2' then I run gcc -M $TEMPP somefile.c It seems not to include ../dir1 and ../dir2 in the search list of the include file, and if there is a space at the ...
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ESC key causes a small delay in terminal due to its Alt+ behavior

My terminal setup is gnome-terminal + tmux + zsh with vi bindings. In applications like vim or even in the zsh's command line vi editing mode, I need to frequently hit the ESC key but there is a ...
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path_helper and zsh

I read that Apple, instead of jamming more and more PATH variable variations to the end of shell profile file, created path_helper binary so that it could expand PATH variable automatically by reading ...
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Arrays and loops in zsh

I am trying to learn loops and array manipulation in zsh. Say I have two arrays in zsh with the same unknown # of elements and each of them containing a list of paths, e.g. LOCAL_ARRAY=($...
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Counting files in leaves of directory tree

I came up with the following snippet for counting files in each subdirectory: for x (**/*(/)); do print $x; find $x -maxdepth 1 -type f | wc -l; done The command outputs consecutive pairs (one ...
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How to fix tab completion so it doesn't hide entries?

I'm using oh-my-zsh on Mac OS X with homebrew'ed zsh 4.3.12. I stumbled recently on a weird problem. In scripts/not-used I have several .R files: breakdowns.R eventloop.R ...
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Spaces as line breaks from inline for loop command

Someone care to enlighten me as to why the spaces in the first command seem to be interpreted as line breaks? Also occurs substituting print for echo. $for l in $( find *.txt -exec head -1 {} \; ); ...
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find -exec on zsh: echo works as expected, print doesn't

I thought the following two commands would output the same thing, but they don't: Command 1: find . -name filename -exec print '{}' \; Command 2: find . -name filename -exec echo '{}' \; ...
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Conflict between my prompt definition and cat in zsh

I have a file on a remote filesystem that I know has a short text string in it (a sequence of numbers in a single line). If I open the file on a text editor like nano or Emacs I can see the string. ...
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What does “trace trap” mean when reported by zsh?

I am trying to run a set UID root program in UNIX using the zsh shell. But I keep getting this message $ ./progExe zsh: trace trap ./progExe Can anyone please tell what does “zsh: trace trap” mean?
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How to delete part of a path in an interactive shell?

Is there a shortcut in bash and zsh to delete one component of a path? For example, if I type ls ~/local/color/, and the cursor is at the end of line, is there a shortcut to delete the color/ at the ...
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Definition of word in ZLE (zsh)

I came across the following two snippets in zsh: Snippet 1: autoload select-word-style select-word-style shell Snippet 2: setopt shwordsplit My question is, what is the difference between ...